Terrific Trucks

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Delightful series follows adventures of real dirt movers.

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age 2+
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age 2+
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Educational Value

Kids get to see real trucks and heavy equipment in action on demolition and excavation projects. Terms that will be unfamiliar to kids such as "gazebo" and "demoing" are defined and illustrated at a child's level. Positive messages about self-awareness, friendship, and teamwork are present throughout.

Positive Messages

Kids see that although these vehicles are of different sizes, shapes, and abilities, each one plays a vital role within the team, and they work best when they work together. Each story shows one character learning a valuable lesson such as self-control and respect for others' feelings. The trucks stick to their work until the job is done, and they take pride in doing their work well. The five-truck team includes two female characters.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The trucks have distinct personalities and abilities, and each one is important to the success of the team, but that doesn't mean they're perfect. Each story shows one or more of them learning a lesson the hard way, but they're always willing to acknowledge what they've done wrong and how they can do better in the future. As a leader, Tork is patient and leads by example.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Terrific Trucks follows the adventures of five real trucks and excavating machines with animated eyes and engaging personalities. Each episode sees them tasked with a job around their community that requires all or some of their expertise. As they work to complete it, they must resolve problems that arise, which leads to lessons about personal and team dynamics. Viewers learn how the machines operate, what jobs they can do, and how they work together to complete a job, as well as basic jargon related to excavation. By focusing on real trucks in real settings, the show makes it easy for young viewers to draw parallels between the characters and what they see in the real world. Another bonus? It makes it a lot more enjoyable for grown-ups to watch with their kids.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 3 year old Written byMaura K. January 12, 2017

Maybe a 4 is too high, but compared to what's out there, it's good

My 3 year old son absolutely adores trucks of all kinds, and we eagerly awaited this show when Sprout introduced it last year, watching the pilot numerous times... Continue reading

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What's the story?

TERRIFIC TRUCKS tags along with five real dirt-moving vehicles as they join forces to tackle different jobs around their community. Reporting in at home base, Tork (voiced by Martin Roach), Stotz (Scott McCord), Sparky (Paloma Nunez), Dug (Anand Rajaram), and Blinker (Stacey DePass) await instructions on the day's assignment from dispatcher Bill Board (McCord again). On the job, they must work together to complete the work safely and efficiently and to adapt when the unexpected happens.

Is it any good?

This exceptional series caters to kids who love big vehicles, and its unique live-action style (animated eyes are superimposed on real trucks) is a real treat. By keeping the animation to a minimum and putting the characters in real-life scenarios, the show allows kids to draw greater parallels between the characters and similar earth movers they might see in person. At the same time, the trucks' distinct personalities complement their physical appearances, from Blinker, the diminutive mini front-end loader, to the solid, reliable dump truck, Tork.

Terrific Trucks also captivates kids by incorporating some excellent life lessons in the characters' relationships. As in real life, there's always an element of surprise when you're rubbing elbows (or buckets) with others, and the trucks learn a lot about group dynamics and teamwork through their real-world experiences. Need another reason to love this show? It celebrates the kind of work these vehicles -- and by extension, their operators -- do in the real world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different jobs the trucks on Terrific Trucks can do. Which are best for digging? For moving? For smaller jobs? What are your kids' special abilities? Do they ever use them in a team setting?

  • In what ways are these characters community heroes? Who in your community do your kids look up to? How is their work invaluable to the people who live there?

  • Kids: Is it hard to admit when you're wrong or you've made a mistake? Why is it important to acknowledge it? How do you amend for a mistake? Are you quick to forgive others when they've wronged you?

  • How does Terrific Trucks promote curiosity and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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